Pomona Now, Covina Later

Old time L.A. beer fans might remember Sanctum Brewing in Pomona, well that space is now the home of Neon Bear Brewery.  The owner/brewmaster is Ryan Walton, who last worked at Last Name Brewing Co.  They are now open and showing off neon signage because, for some strange reason, the City of Glendale’s Museum of Neon Art, has a storage facility not in Glendale.  I digress, the brewery is now open and is on my to-visit list.

Coming later is Campsite Brewing settling in Covina and a planned opening date later this year.  More info to come as they get closer to opening the taps on what should include a rauchbier or s’mores stout.

New in San Diego

I do not know how one person can cover the vast San Diego craft beer scene. Too much. Way too much. But read HERE for info on four, yes four new breweries…

  • VooDoo Child Brewing
  • Backyard Brewing
  • Tipping Pint
  • Seek Beer Co.

Doing a new brewery crawl might be an easier ask.

New in Orange County

One could argue that now is a great time to open a brewery. California is re-opening so a new taproom won’t have to rely on 4-packs to go. Maybe that is why an uptick is happening south of us in Orange County with Dueling Ducks Brewing Co.

..who opened last month and Juniper & Morgan who premiered this month…

..which means quite the epic Orange County trip will need to become planned.

New in Portland

Being an expat Portlander and not being able to return home to try Oregon beers has been trying to say the least and the New School Beer + Cider blog is not helping by posting a rundown of new breweries coming to the state. I strongly encourage you to check out the full list but below are the breweries (and contract brewery) that struck me as places to visit.

A brewery, in a formerly church with a gorgeous bar like that. What a great drinking environment.

A new Japanese and food based brewery is a really nice addition to the beer scene.

Contract brewing has always needed more facilities and more people focused on smaller breweries. Back Forty ticks both of those boxes and does distilling too.

That is one wicked cool logo and the fact that they will focus on the wild side of beer is even cooler.

New in Oregon

The New School Beer Blog has posted up their list of anticipated breweries for Oregon. Check out their round-up HERE.

Mecca Grade is my #1 on the list. Their malt has been used in many a Brouwerij West beer so it will be interesting to see how often they will showcase other breweries that use their malt alongside their beers. Notable that Mikkeller will finally open in Portland as well. I am already charting how to get to some of these spots when I am next in Portland.

Coming this year…

There are some new breweries coming to the L.A. area in 2018 headlined (IMHO) by the Chinatown brewery / taproom of Highland Park Brewery.

But there are more in the pipeline that I will be visiting and reviewing, such as….

…and these are just a sample. There might be more in places as far flung as Pasadena, two new ones in Monrovia, literally right next to each other. One in Burbank, at least one in Long Beach.

Even More L.A. Breweries Coming…

Each LABW9 year that Tomm Carroll hosts his “So You want to Open a Brewery” event, I look over the list of invitees to see which new breweries are coming down the pike. Because I keep my ear to the ground, I usually have heard of most. But this year, there were three that I had not heard about! And number one on the list, I had heard the name, but it was from Tomm himself!

Surprisingly, Torrance and Burbank are not on the list. Make note of the following, you might see them pouring at #LABW10.

Burnin’ Daylights Brewing (Lomita) – Brendan Lake
Common Space Brewing (Hawthorne) – Brent Knapp
Tortugo Brewing (Inglewood) – Joe Kovach
Two Coasts Brewing (Gardena) – Jan Dreier

New in Covina & Rancho Cucamonga

Looks like the greater L.A. craft beer map is filling in a little more.

Out in Covina, Arrow Lodge Brewing (formerly Barley Lodge) is up and going….

Beers that seem to be getting name checked most are the Pale To the King, Happy Cal Milk Stout Stout and the intriguing Lavender Vanilla Cream Ale

Next up is Sour Cellars, way out in Rancho Cucamonga. Still not as far as Hangar 24 though.

The all sour brewery opened up just as 2016 ticked away for good. They are “specializing in newly isolated wild yeast strains.” Maybe a Cucamonga Quake Coolship is in the future.